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Sue Richards

New workshops support aspiring leaders

Sue Richards, head of professional development for the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), explains why the new leadership workshops were developed and who they are for. Why offer the leadership workshops? The IB has a long record of supporting educators. This new opportunity is designed for educators who are effective in an IB context and who […]


Approaches to reflection

By Neil Bunting The IB learner profile is a fantastic set of attributes. I haven’t encountered another school programme that uses shared humanitarian values explicitly in the same way. My blog posts contain some personal interpretations and thoughts about the IB learner profile values. I hope that they encourage further discussion, inspired by the common […]

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What makes a dynamic workshop experience?

By Sol Perez Sol gives some insight into the IB workshop experience. Face-to-face workshops are a great opportunity, not only for teachers new to the IB, but also for more experienced teachers as they are able to share what they have learned and discover tips and secrets to help their students ace their exams. Sol […]


How does PD support MYP educators with ‘the power and impact of digital assessment’?

Stan Burgoyne is the IB’s Global Head of MYP Professional Development and began his career in education teaching English and theatre in the San Francisco Bay area, California. He later moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he was a teacher and coordinator for the Diploma and Middle Years Programmes in a public school system. […]

Matthew James

New Professional Development subscription supports all of a school’s DP teachers

Matt James, Head of IB Online Professional Development, allows us a glimpse of what’s behind the development and launch of new professional development products. He discusses IB DP Advantage, the latest initiative to be introduced by the IB, currently available on an annual subscription basis for Diploma Programme educators. An annual professional development (PD) subscription […]

Bas Nijboer

Why attend a Professional Development workshop?

Bas Nijboer recently joined the IB’s Professional Development (PD) department as Registration & Promotions Coordinator for the Africa, Europe and Middle East. Here, he reflects on his first experience of an IB workshop. As part of my new job, I attended my first professional development workshop in Athens at the end of April. This offered me the […]

Samantha Cook

Jeff Thompson Award recipient: Samantha Cook

This interview was conducted with Samantha (Sam) Cook, recipient of the 2015 Jeff Thompson Award* for her study entitled Perceptions of International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme teachers on factors influencing their development as PYP educators (the executive summary is available here ). This study was completed as part of a dissertation for her graduate studies […]